A snowy day and we stayed open – Wednesday
Wednesday saw blizzard conditions in the morning in school. We took the decision to stay open all day and our students enjoyed a fun, but cold lunchtime!
Snow days – Thursday and Friday
On Wednesday we took the difficult decision to close the school on Thursday. The forecast combined with the Amber Alert from the Met Office meant that I felt closing the school was the right thing to ensure the safety of our students and staff, both on-site and during their travels. On early Thursday morning, the warning was updated tored and there were truly treacherous conditions on the roads into Torbay. The roads getting home were truly terrible after school on Thursday. It took me 1 hour 45 mins to just get across Torquay and I saw many accidents. I then took the decision to close the school on Friday as I felt there was simply too much danger to expect our students and staff to get into school. On Friday morning the A380 and A38 were still closed, the Totnes to Paignton road was blocked, the train line closed and mayhem in on the roads and pavements around Torquay. I feel that we made the right decision to close!
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday.
Torquay United did brave the snow and wind on Thursday morning as they came in to use the astro in their preparations for their home match against Flyde on Saturday, which was called off today.
Our Facebook post announcing the school closure reached over 33,000 people. I was told that if we are faced with such a situation in the future I should up my game in letting students and parents know. The Head of Moses Brown School in the USA shared this video with his school community:
Update on reopening
The PPEs for Year 11 and 13 will start at 8.30am on Monday with English Literature for Year 11 and Chemistry for Year 13. The Business studies paper 2 has been moved to Monday afternoon. Mr Pugh has emailed an updated PPE timetable to all of Year 11.
The Year 11 extra sessions in Maths due to take place tomorrow morning have been cancelled.
Celebrating GCSE success
We had a visit from the Herald Express this week who wanted to take a photograph of our brilliant Year 12 students to celebrate their position at the top of the local school league tables. Our position in them reflects the amazing hard work that our students put into their GCSEs last summer. It seems a long time ago now, but I am still exceptionally proud of everything they achieved. I also know how grateful they are for the time their teachers put into supporting them.
Theatre Group Visit Students
Collingwood learning brought their ‘Smashed’ theatre production to school on Wednesday. Year 7 and 8 students took part in this. The Smashed Project has reached 1,500 schools and 320,000 young people and, along the way. It has been recognised as a great way of engaging young people on the vital issue of underage drinking. The Smashed Project was recently recognised at a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons. During the theatre production and workshop the following areas were addressed:
– The dangers of underage drinking (examples; mental and physical health, relationships, school, anti-social behaviour, accidents and injury)
– The causes of underage drinking by young people including social influence
– How to keep ourselves safe from harm by making the right choices about alcohol
– Signposting local resources and services available to young people if negatively affected by alcohol
A Theory of Everything
Here we see the Year 12 A level physics group doing a challenging piece of independent work. They have been learning about the fundamental particles of matter which make up the universe – quarks, leptons, neutrinos and the like. Here they are working to make a model of all particles of matter which allows them to decide which fundamental particles they are built from. Don’t know your protons from your baryons? Confused about Kaons? These students can help!
A call-up to Torquay United Ladies
Year 11 student, Kasey Dickson, has been asked to join the Torquay United ladies team. This is an incredible accomplishment for somebody yet to reach the 6th Form. She has established herself in their first team thanks to her electrifying skill and pace. We are very proud of your achievement, Kasey.
Guess the builder of the snowman
Answers on a postcard please…!
LiNX Christian Youth Trust
“Elevate is a summer activities camp run by LiNX Christian Youth Trust. For the last eight years they have worked with hundreds of young people through a week of making new friends, fun activities and creating great memories. The week costs £85 per young person which includes, breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, all the activities, workshops and team games and transport to and from activities. This years base is Upton Vale Baptist Church Torquay and includes a full day at Woodlands Adventure Park. This is a very popular week with only 100 spaces! Don’t miss out by signing up asap!”
Click on link below for full booking form